Locals unfazed by coffee imports

From www.khmertimeskh.com

With coffee shops mushrooming around the country, particularly in Phnom Penh, government officials say demand for coffee beans in the kingdom is growing markedly, noting that local production is insufficient to supply the market and that the commodity is increasingly imported.

Song Kheang, director of Mondulkiri’s agricultural department, said demand for coffee beans in the country is growing fast as cafes in the capital and around the country multiply, including domestic, regional and international chains.

With 140 hectares of coffee bean plantations, Mondulkiri province remains the largest producer in the kingdom. Every harvest produces up to 2.5 tonnes of the commodity, which is sold at $2.5 per kilogram.

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